AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Akron Public Schools is looking for mentors willing to spend one hour a week making a difference in students' lives.
The goal is to make learning fun and encourage students to be their best.
Mentors will be there for the school year and hopefully be just as inspired as the students.
12-year-old Jamarion Rice helped build a toolbox with his own hands.
"Probably next week we're going to make bird houses," he said.
His mentor, Jonathan Greer keeps him busy.
"I'm just trying to learn something new, I'm happy to learn anything new," Rice said.
Greer is the program director of iCare Mentoring. Last year he helped 40 Akron Public Schools students find mentors.
This school year, he's aiming for 300 students.
"Every child deserves a champion. An adult who will never give up on them, who understands the value and power of human connection and insists they become the best person they can be," Greer said.
Mentors and students choose from more than 50 activities to do together, like building miniature solar planes.
Greer says students are more likely to graduate with the help of a mentor.
"You don't have to be perfect, you just have to be present. And to be there, and have someone else in a child's life that lets them know the sun rises and sets on them," said Andrew Ziccardi with Akron Public Schools.
"We're looking for a person that has a heart. You don't have to be a scientist, a PhD. You just have to have a heart and a desire to work with someone else," Greer said.
Mentors like Greer keep students motivated, helping their education and career goals take off.
"We want to support our kids through their elementary, middle, high school career. We don't want to give up on them," Greer said.
If you're interested in mentoring, you have to commit to one school year.
You'll go through a background check and training before you get started.
Mentors will be matched with 5th and 6th grade students.